Leading into the Olympic Games, Solomon had recently run his best time at a race in Monaco, and he was ranked No. 3 in the world. The performance gave the USC graduate a boost heading into the games.
"It brought a lot of confidence to me coming into the Olympics," Solomon said during the video. "As the time started to get nearer, I kind of had to put … my mind on lock down."
When the race began, Solomon remembers thinking that he had to put it all on the line. As he was coming around the last turn he realized he had more to give.
"(I remember) thinking 'I have a lot left still and I'm looking at the bronze medal' and I'm thinking 'Wow, I feel really, really strong right now,'" Solomon said during the video. "Usually I'm just trying to hold on but here I'm trying to run down people."
His body felt different than it ever had before, Solomon said. He remembers looking ahead and thinking that he could catch the runner in front of him, provided that he had enough room left in the race.
Around the same time, Solomon realized that Kenyan David Rudisha had finished the race, clocking in with a world-record time of 1:40.91.
"Then I finish, I look up at the clock, I remember looking at my tie and I said 'If I'm in a world-record race then I must have had something amazing," Solomon said during the video.
Solomon had finished in a time of 1:42.82. That pr he'd run in Monaco? 1:43.44.
Solomon's Olympic performance was the second-fastest by an American in history, behind only his coach, Johnny Gray.
Solomon called the finish bittersweet. He was happy with his time, but the fourth-place finish was difficult.
"Any other place and I would have been like 'well, OK, that's cool,'" Solomon said. "Being behind the guy that you could have gotten a medal — I mean, that hurt. And at the time I didn't know that my time ranked No. 2 ever. I had no idea."
A full season has passed since his Olympic performance, which he calls the best of his career. So what's next for Solomon? He believes his best races are in the future and he says that, looking forward, he'll be chasing that American record.
But first, he has to learn to be more consistent, he said.
"I feel like this year I ran very consistent and so for next year it's going to be about continuing that, but now I want to start looking at records," Solomon said.
Solomon, 28, shared his Olympic story as part of Saucony's "Strongest Moment" series. In the future, Molly Huddle, Ashley Higginson and Ben True will be featured in the series, posted to Flotrack.org.
Hear Duane Solomon tell his full story here: Flotrack.org